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Part of New Jersey Farm Created By Family Who Owned Macy’s Lists for $2.65 Million

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A portion of the New Jersey farm, including a three-bedroom, three-bathroom stone house built by members of the family that once owned Macy’s department store, is on the market for $2.645 million.

Located in Middletown, New Jersey, about 45 miles south of Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan’s Herald Square, Cobble Close Farm dates back to the 1920s. According to last week’s listing by Bernadette Burnett and David Giuliano of Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty, many of the homes were brought to the United States from Europe and from demolished properties across the continent.

“They had all these artisans come and work,” Mr. Barnett said. “It took eight years and our own dedicated train line to build.”


In fact, French Norman stone buildings, cathedral arches, ironwork, and heavy wooden doors are more likely to be found in rural France than in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Surrounded by fountains, statues and old trees, the Strauss family established a farm on 143 acres of land. This farm he demolished in 1949 and sold. Adjacent to the Nabesink Country Club, there’s even more green space.

The farm and the 13 acres that surround it are now part of a cooperative with four owners and the buyer will purchase a stake in the land. Currently offered is a 4,500 square foot main house with a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment that can be used as an additional living area for guests, family or renters.

The interior features additional stone arches, exposed beams, a wood-paneled library, and a sunken living room with an imperial staircase, pictured. There is also a red dining room with a marble staircase, a sunroom, and a main bedroom suite with a sitting area and built-in shelving. Outdoors, there are several covered patios that may have served as old country cloisters, with a pool and pool house.


The property was built by Herbert Nathan Strauss, son of Macy’s co-owner Isidore Strauss and his wife Ida. Herbert was the company’s vice president and philanthropist who died in 1933 at the age of 51.

Isidor Straus and his brother, Nathan, co-own Macy’s, and Isidor represented New York in the US House of Representatives. He and Ida died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. In 1915, a memorial to the couple was erected near where they lived on West 105th Street in Manhattan.

Mansion Global was unable to determine how much this part of the cooperative last sold. The current owner was unable to comment.


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